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Democracy Now! Thursday, July 31, 2003

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Democracy Now! Thursday, July 31, 2003


Published July 31, 2003


Headlines

* Bush Holds 9th Press Conference Since He Took Office
* The NYT on Bush: Vague and Sometimes Nearly Incoherent
* Report: Poindexter to Resign From DARPA
* CIA Warned Blair Over Iraq Intelligence; Warning Ignored
* Iraqi Scientists to U.S.: No WMD Program Existed
* U.S. Disbands Nuclear Weapons Watchdog
* More Headlines

- Bush Speaks On Iraq, Economy and Gay Marriage; NYT Describes Performance as "Vague and Sometimes Nearly Incoherent"

In his first press conference since before the invasion of Iraq, President George Bush yesterday vowed that weapons of mass destruction would still be found in Iraq.


- As President Bush Assumes "Personal Responsibility" for Uranium-Niger Statement We Take a Look at Another Lie in the State of the Union

In his speech Bush claims that Saddam Hussein attempted to buy aluminum tubes for nuclear weapons construction. We speak with Mother Jones reporter Tim Dickinson who reveals the falsity of the statement and how the administration knew about it.

- ACLU Files First Major Lawsuit Against Patriot Act

The suit seeks to have a major section of the U.S.A. Patriot Act declared unconstitutional arguing that the law gives federal agents virtually unchecked authority to spy on Americans. We speak with ACLU attorney Noel Saleh.

- Ashcroft Seeks Death Penalty in Puerto Rico Murder Case Overriding Island's Constitution and 74-Year Capital Punishment Ban

The trial of two men accused of kidnapping and murder has reignited a political debate about Puerto Rico?s political status. Democracy Now! hosts a debate between University of Puerto Rico?s Rafael Bernabe and Justice Department spokesman Jorge Martinez.

- Should the Media ID the Alleged Victim in the Kobe Bryant Sexual Assault Case?

Pulitzer Prize wining LA Times columnist David Shaw debates rape survivor and advocate Karen Pomer over whether the media should rethink its guidelines on naming victims of rape and sexual abuse.


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